Monday, October 24, 2011

"Winemakers to Watch" Open Tasting Room in Los Olivos

This summer, Downtown Los Olivos welcomed one of its newest tasting room featuring three emerging wine labels from two notable winemakers in Santa Barbara County.  Alta Maria Vineyards, Native9 and Autonom Wines produce a selection of superbly crafted wines under each label from the flagship Pinot Noir to Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Rhône varietal blends.

James Ontiveros and Paul Wilkins honed their skills at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as classmates, as well as in the vineyard and winery over many years working to produce some awarding winning wines from the Santa Maria Valley and Santa Ynez Valley.  As if that day job wasn't enough, Ontiveros maintains Rancho Ontiveros Vineyard and serves as Director of Sales and Marketing for Bien Nacido Vineyards.  Paul Wilkins served as assistant winemaker for Alban Vineyards for eight years before forming a partnership with Ontiveros on Native9, Alta Maria and Autonom.  It should be no surprise that the San Francisco Chronicle hailed the duo as "Winemakers to Watch in 2011."

The Alta Maria Vineyards tasting room is located along Grand Avenue in the heart of Downtown Los Olivos.  The location may be familiar to those that frequent Los Olivos because it once housed Consilience Wines, which has since moved in with its sister label, Tre Anelli.  

2933 Grand Avenue, Suite A, Los Olivos
Phone: (805) 686-1144
Open Daily 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tasting Fee: $10-$15
Twitter: @AltaMariaWine

Alta Maria Vineyards
Autonom Wines


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